Shaun Adamec Director of Strategic Communications
"I'm the proud son of two teachers. I've witnessed the extremes of American education—the extraordinary opportunity it can provide and also the tragic barrier it can be for the underserved. It's our obligation to ensure that every child, regardless of their zip code, has access to the world class education they deserve. Every child is born with potential, and that is a lesson I try to carry with me through my career and as a parent."
Shaun Adamec brings years of experience in strategic communications and advocacy at the local, state and national levels to his role overseeing the Foundation’s Public Understanding and Demand Strategy.
Prior to joining the Nellie Mae Education Foundation in 2013, Shaun was Vice President of Communications at City Year, Inc, an international nonprofit that deploys teams of young leaders into high-need schools. Shaun helped guide the rapidly growing organization’s messaging platform work, and secure national media coverage in outlets such as PBS Frontline, the Chronicle of Philanthropy, NBC’s Education Nation, CNBC’s Squawk Box, the Washington Post, the Boston Globe, and many others.
Previously, Shaun served as Press Secretary for Maryland Governor Martin O’Malley, a 2010 Governing Magazine
“Public Official of the Year.” Shaun served as chief spokesperson for Governor O’Malley and managed the communications efforts for 28 state offices and cabinet agencies. Shaun directed public outreach for the Governor’s key initiatives, and managed official public communications during the 2008 Presidential Inauguration, major weather events, and other emergencies. Shaun’s previous experience includes serving as Director of Communications to Baltimore City Council President Stephanie Rawlings-Blake (now Mayor), as well as work for Mothers Against Drunk Driving and the American Red Cross.
Shaun has consulted with nonprofit organizations and political campaigns in the areas of strategic communications, public speaking and presentations, crisis planning and response, and risk management. Shaun holds a BA in Political Science from Providence College and a MA in Government and Political Communications from The Johns Hopkins University.